It was on Valentines Day 1989 that the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa against Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie. The Ayatollah called for the novelists murder for the publication of his book The Satantic Verses
which he decried to be blasphemous against Islam. He offered $5.2 million for Rushdie's murder.
Now, 23 years on, an organization in Iran called the Islam Association of Students -- a regime sponsored group -- is developing a game called The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict
. Reports from The Guardian
, Global Post
and The Sydney Morning Herald
indicate that nothing is known regarding what kind of game this will be. Said reports speculate it could be anything form a strategy game or a first person shooter, it is also presumed that the goal of the player in the game is to carry out Khomeini's verdict, hence terrorizing and possibly even seeking the murder of the novelist.
The representative of the group developing the game Mohammad Taqi Fakhrian told the Mehr news agency the reason for the project, he stated that the group "felt we should find a way to introduce our third and fourth generation to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and its importance."